In the 1950s both Percy Greene and Rev. H. H. Humes, two prominent blacks in Mississippi who edited black newspapers in the state, served as paid informants of sorts to the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission. (For those who don’t know, the MSC was a white supremacist organization dedicated to stunting the aims of the Civil Rights Movement.) By informants, I mean they reported to the MSC on the local black community’s endeavors to lessen the burdens of anti-black racism. Both Greene and Humes, moreover, used their newspapers to criticize black leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., and the integrationist work of the NAACP.
How should blacks in Mississippi at the time have dealt with Greene and Humes?
One of the things blacks in the state and elsewhere did was call them both Uncle Toms and brand them as race traitors. This marganalizes them and also reduces the likelihood that others would follow their lead and take money from white supremacist organizations.
Was branding these two as race traitors something you could condone? If not, why? And if blacks can’t police loyalty, do you similarly disagree with American laws against treason?